Best Adventure Movies of 1928


The Mysterious Lady

7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful Russian spy seduces an Austrian military officer in order to obtain secret plans. When she falls in love with him, both are placed in danger.

Starring: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Albert Pollet, Edward Connelly, Richard Alexander, Symona Boniface, Geraldine Dvorak, Nicholai Konovaloff, William H. O'Brien ..
Directed by: Fred Niblo, Harold S. Bucquet
Release date: 1928-08-04
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life

7.5/10 IMDB

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington, Kewpie Morgan, Andy Clark, Mike Donlin, Roscoe Karns, Bob Perry, Johnnie Morris ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1928-09-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Across to Singapore

Across to Singapore

6.2/10 IMDB

While Joel and his older ship's captain brother Mark are at sea, the latter is abandoned in Singapore by devious ship's mate Finch who, upon their return, convinces the townspeople that Joel abandoned his brother. Joel, determined to not only find Mark but to see justice done, returns the ship to Singapore.

Starring: Ramon Novarro, Joan Crawford, Ernest Torrence, Frank Currier, Dan Wolheim, Duke Martin, Edward Connelly, Jim Mason, Stanley Fields, Chris-Pin Martin ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1928-04-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : A Perfect Gentleman

A Perfect Gentleman

6.9/10 IMDB

Monty Banks gets involved in tracking down a stolen fortune, his adventures culminating in a whirlwind, gag-filled climax at sea.

Starring: Monty Banks, Ernest Wood, Henry A. Barrows, Ruth Dwyer, Arthur Thalasso, Hazel Howell, Agostino Borgato, Mary Foy, Syd Crossley, Jackie Combs ..
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman
Release date: 1928-01-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Trail of '98

The Trail of '98

7.0/10 IMDB

Fortune hunters from all over the country rushing to the Klondike in 1897 to seek their fortunes in the gold are tested by hardships of the journey.

Starring: Dolores del Río, Ralph Forbes, Karl Dane, Harry Carey, Tully Marshall, George Cooper, Emily Fitzroy, Tenen Holtz, Cesare Gravina, Doris Lloyd ..
Directed by: Clarence Brown
Release date: 1928-03-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : A Girl in Every Port

A Girl in Every Port

6.6/10 IMDB

Two sailors with a rivalry over chasing women become friends. But when one decides to finally settle down, will this mysterious young woman come between them?

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks, Natalie Joyce, Maria Alba, Francis McDonald, Leila Hyams, Elena Jurado, Natalie Kingston, Caryl Lincoln ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1928-02-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Viking

The Viking

6.6/10 IMDB

In this historical adventure based on traditional legend concerning Leif Ericsson and the first Viking settlers to reach North America by sea, Norse half-brothers vie for a throne and for the same woman.

Starring: Donald Crisp, Pauline Starke, LeRoy Mason, Anders Randolf, Richard Alexander, Harry Woods, Albert MacQuarrie, Roy Stewart, Torben Meyer, Claire McDowell ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1928-11-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Burning Daylight

Burning Daylight

6.7/10 IMDB

Elam "Burning Daylight" Harnish is a prospector who makes a million dollars in the Dawson, Alaska gold rush and loses the million dollars in Dawson. He journeys to San Francisco, makes three million dollars and loses it in San Francisco. He returns to Alaska and eventually finds his treasure.

Starring: Milton Sills, Doris Kenyon, Arthur Stone, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Lawford Davidson, Jane Winton, Stuart Holmes, Edmund Breese, Howard Truesdale, Frank Hagney ..
Directed by: Charles Brabin
Release date: 1928-03-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Night Flyer

The Night Flyer

5.9/10 IMDB

Jimmy Bradley, a fireman on the old locomotive No. 99, loves Kate Murphy, daughter of the proprietress of the local lunch counter. His rival, Bat Mullins, is engineer of the new mail train scheduled to make a competition run. When Mullins overturns the new train, Bradley completes the run and earns the contract for his company by delivering the mail in record time on No. 99. A promotion to engineer helps him win Kate.

Starring: William Boyd, Jobyna Ralston, Philo McCullough, Anne Schaefer, DeWitt Jennings, John Millerta, Robert Dudley ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1928-02-05
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : So This Is Love

So This Is Love

5.4/10 IMDB

So This is Love? was another early Frank Capra production for fledgling Columbia Pictures. The hero, dress designer Jerry McGuire (William Collier Jr.), is tired of being considered a wimp. After business hours, Jerry secretly takes boxing lessons, enabling him to knock the stuffings out of his burly rival Spike Mullins (Johnnie Walker). Jerry's newfound pugilistic skills wins him the affections of store clerk Hilda Jensen (Shirley Mason), who's just car-razy about "cave men." Filmed in a fast three weeks, So This is Love? was completed before Frank Capra's Matinee Idol but released afterward. Leading lady Shirley Mason was the sister of Viola Dana, who starred in Capra's initial Columbia effort, That Certain Thing.

Starring: Shirley Mason, William Collier Jr., Johnnie Walker, Ernie Adams, Carl Gerard, William H. Strauss, Jean Laverty ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1928-02-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Air Circus

The Air Circus

7.9/10 IMDB

Two eager young pilots at flight school compete over their flight instructor's aviatrix sister.

Starring: Louise Dresser, David Rollins, Sue Carol, Arthur Lake, Heinie Conklin, Charles Delaney, Earl Robinson, Virginia Cherrill ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks, Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1928-09-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Rinty of the Desert

Rinty of the Desert

7.4/10 IMDB

Rinty rescues heroine June and hero Pat from all manner of desert dangers, both natural and man-made. The film's high point of tension finds the canine star rescuing Nye from a deep pit.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, Audrey Ferris, Carroll Nye, Paul Panzer, Otto Hoffman ..
Directed by: D. Ross Lederman
Release date: 1928-04-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The River Pirate

The River Pirate

6.8/10 IMDB

This film concerns a youth torn between his fatherly gangland mentor and the beautiful, virtuous daughter of a police detective.

Starring: Victor McLaglen, Lois Moran, Nick Stuart, Earle Foxe, Donald Crisp, Bob Perry ..
Directed by: William K. Howard
Release date: 1928-08-26
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Phantom Flyer

The Phantom Flyer

6.4/10 IMDB

A modern range war -- modern for 1928 -- complete with oil derricks in the backyard, horsemen being pursued by motorcyclists, and there's stunt flyer Al Wilson to save the day.

Starring: Al Wilson, Lillian Gilmore, Buck Connors, Billy 'Red' Jones, Don Fuller, Myrtis Crinley, Mary Cornwallis, Larry Steers ..
Directed by: Bruce Mitchell
Release date: 1928-02-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Land of the Silver Fox

Land of the Silver Fox

6.0/10 IMDB

Rin-Tin-Tin's first sound feature, in which he plays an abused dog recused by a young girl in the far north.

Starring: Rin-Tin-Tin, Leila Hyams, John Miljan, Carroll Nye, Tom Santschi, Neola May, Nanette the Dog ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1928-10-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Court-Martial


6.6/10 IMDB

During the American Civil War, A Union-Army officer is ordered by U. S. President Abraham Lincoln to bring in Belle Starr, the leader of a Missouri guerrilla band, dead or alive. However, he falls in love with her, does not bring her in, and is facing a court-martial.

Starring: Jack Holt, Betty Compson, Pat Harmon, Doris Hill, Frank Lackteen, Frank Austin, George Cowl, Zack Williams ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1928-08-12

Emerald of the East

6.7/10 IMDB

A British army unit sets out to rescue the son of a maharajah, who has been kidnapped by a rebel group.

Starring: Joshua Kean, Mary Odette, Jean de Kuharski, Lya Delvelez ..
Directed by: Jean de Kuharski
Release date: 1928-12-09
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Beau Sabreur

Beau Sabreur

6.4/10 IMDB

The film is about a desert-bound member of the French Foreign Legion who exposes a betrayer to the Legion and is then sent on a mission among the Arabs to conclude the signing of a crucial peace treaty.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Evelyn Brent, Noah Beery, William Powell, Roscoe Karns, Mitchell Lewis, Arnold Kent, Raoul Paoli, Joan Standing, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: John Waters
Release date: 1928-01-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Eagle of the Night

Eagle of the Night

5.7/10 IMDB

1928 was the last year when silent films dominated the market, and this aviation-based action serial from Pathe was one of the studio's last. Some pieces are no longer extant (half of chapters 3&6, all of 7, 8, and 9, and the beginning of the 10th and final chapter), but the beginning and end are there as well as enough to follow the action adequately. The surviving Grapevine print is beautifully restored and tinted in spots, although you can tell the print is deteriorated in some of the surviving sections. Basically, an inventor (Josef Swickard, in a role not unlike the one he later played in THE LOST CITY) has created a silencer/muffler for planes to silence any engine sounds, and the bad guys are out to steal the invention and put it to evil use.

Starring: Frank Clarke, Shirley Palmer, Earl Metcalfe, Josef Swickard, Maurice Costello, Max Hawley, Roy Wilson, Jack Richardson ..
Directed by: Jimmy Fulton
Release date: 1928-10-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Half a Bride

Half a Bride

6.3/10 IMDB

Patience Winslow is an impulsive heiress who marries a much-older man whom she really doesn't love. While honeymooning on her yacht without her new husband, Patience is marooned on a desert island with handsome Captain Edmunds. Her head full of notions that she's gleaned from radio dramas and pulp novels, Patience demands that she and Edmunds enter into an in-name-only marriage, observing the responsibilities and proprieties of matrimony without the sexual entanglements. Complications naturally arise.

Starring: Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper, William Worthington, Freeman Wood, Mary Doran, Guy Oliver, Ray Gallagher ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1928-06-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Black Gold

Black Gold

6.4/10 IMDB

Starring: Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd, Steve Reynolds, Alfred Norcom, L.B. Tatums ..
Directed by: Richard E. Norman
Release date: 1928-05-07
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Blockade


5.0/10 IMDB

Blockade was one of those curious 1929 hybrids known as a "part-talkie." The story of a dauntless female prohibition agent. In her pursuit of a gang of Florida rum-runners, Bess assumes three identities. At various junctures, she is "herself," a society belle and a gangster's moll.

Starring: Anna Q. Nilsson, Wallace MacDonald, James Bradbury Sr., Walter McGrail ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1928-12-16
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Call of the Heart

The Call of the Heart

5.7/10 IMDB

Molly O'Day and her brother, Josh, are homesteading on and trying to make a living on a piece of government land, but local rancher Dave Crenshaw claims the land is part of his holdings, and he and his henchmen try to drive the O'Days off. Cowhand Jerry Wilson and his dog, Dynamite, come to their aid against Crenshaw.

Starring: Dynamite the Dog, Joan Alden, Edmund Cobb, William Steele, Maurice Murphy, George Plues, Frank Baker, Owen Train ..
Directed by: Francis Ford
Release date: 1928-01-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The White Sheik

The White Sheik

5.6/10 IMDB

In the Sahara a British Riff chief weds a captured girl to save her from the tribe.

Starring: Lillian Hall-Davis, Jameson Thomas, Warwick Ward, Clifford McLaglen, Gibb McLaughlin, Forrester Harvey, Julie Suedo ..
Directed by: Harley Knoles
Release date: 1928-01-17
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Adventure of the Torture Cage

The Adventure of the Torture Cage

6.0/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Commander John Byrne of the Naval Secret Service and his partner Pvt. Bill Riggers chase criminal Dr. Sin Fang, who is desperate to find a lost sacred seal. (The fifth and only surviving episode of a six-part serial about an evil mastermind inspired on Sax Rohmer's Dr. Fu Manchu.)

Starring: H. Agar Lyons, Fred Paul, Evelyn Arden, Wally Patch, Fred Rains ..
Directed by: Fred Paul
Release date: 1928-03-11
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Fearless Rider

The Fearless Rider

5.3/10 IMDB

A fearless cowboy comes to the rescue of a beleaguered prospector.

Starring: Fred Humes, Barbara Worth, Ben Corbett, Gilbert Holmes, Buck Connors, William Steele ..
Directed by: Edgar Lewis
Release date: 1928-01-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Rawhide Kid

The Rawhide Kid

5.2/10 IMDB

Good cowboy vs. bad cowboy in this romantic adventure.

Starring: Hoot Gibson, Georgia Hale, Frank Hagney, William H. Strauss, Harry Todd, Thomas G. Lingham ..
Directed by: Del Andrews
Release date: 1928-01-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Canyon of Adventure

The Canyon of Adventure

4.3/10 IMDB

Steven Bancroft, a young officer in the U. S. Calvary, is given the assignment of ensuring that dirty-work by agents of Spain, Mexico or Russian aren't going to keep statehood-for-California from becoming a reality. Bancroft uses his guns to settle any debates regarding international laws.

Starring: Ken Maynard, Virginia Brown Faire, Eric Mayne, Tyrone Brereton, Theodore Lorch, Hal Salter, Billy Franey, Slim Whitaker ..
Directed by: Albert S. Rogell
Release date: 1928-04-21
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : 3-Ring Marriage

3-Ring Marriage

2.9/10 IMDB

Anna runs away from her wealthy father's ranch and becomes a trick rider in a circus to be with her sweetheart, Cal Coney, a circus cowboy, when her father disapproves the match. There she achieves fame as "Anna Montana," but she remains unhappy because Cal refuses to admit that he loves her. Meanwhile, Rawl Souvane, manager of the circus, plans to woo and marry Anna when he preceives that she is wealthy.

Starring: Mary Astor, Lloyd Hughes, Lawford Davidson, Yola d'Avril, Alice White, Harry Earles, Daisy Earles, George Reed ..
Directed by: Marshall Neilan
Release date: 1928-06-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Vultures of the Sea

Vultures of the Sea

2.2/10 IMDB

When his father is falsely convicted and sentenced to die for a murder committed aboard ship, the man's son signs on as a crewman to discover the real killer and clear his father.

Starring: Johnnie Walker, Shirley Mason, Tom Santschi, Frank Hagney, Boris Karloff, Horace B. Carpenter, George Magrill, Joseph Bennett, Arthur Dewey, Joseph P. Mack ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1928-03-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : Partners in Crime

Partners in Crime

2.3/10 IMDB

After being dismissed for imitating his boss's voice on radio, former Assistant District Attorney Richard Deming witnesses a store robbery and is taken captive by the criminals. Suspected of the crime, he is sought by the police, but his sweetheart, Marie, convinced of his innocence, enlists the help of two friends, a newspaper reporter and a half-witted detective. Hoping to win the girl's favor, the two go to the gangsters' hideout, encounter a violent gang war, and accidently set off a case of police tear bombs. The police, summoned by Marie, arrive just in time to save the kidnaped attorney.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Raymond Hatton, Mary Brian, William Powell, Jack Luden, Arthur Housman, Albert Roccardi, Joseph W. Girard, George Irving, Bruce Gordon ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1928-03-01

The Blue Peter

5.8/10 IMDB

After returning home to Britain from Nigeria where he has been working, an engineer becomes embroiled in a family melodrama.

Starring: Matheson Lang, Gladys Frazin, Mary Dibley, A. Bromley Davenport, Cameron Carr, Esmond Knight ..
Directed by: Arthur Rooke
Release date: 1928-09-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Hound of Silver Creek

The Hound of Silver Creek

0.0/10 IMDB

Molly White, the new schoolmistress at Silver Creek, makes the acquaintance of Jack Brooks, a wealthy eastern sportsman, when his pedigreed police dog, Dynamite, saves her from serious injury, and they become fast friends.

Starring: Dynamite the Dog, Edmund Cobb, Gloria Grey, Gladden James, Billy 'Red' Jones, Frank Rice, Frank Clark ..
Directed by: Stuart Paton
Release date: 1928-05-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Air Patrol

The Air Patrol

0.0/10 IMDB

Special agent Al Langdon pursues elusive gem smuggler Michael Revere. Going undercover, Langdon joins Revere's gang, and in this capacity is obliged to rescue their beautiful hostage, Mary Lacy.

Starring: Al Wilson, Elsa Benham, Jack Mower, Frank Tomick, Monte Montague, Taylor N. Duncan, Art Goebel, Frank Clarke ..
Directed by: Bruce Mitchell
Release date: 1928-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1928 : The Chinatown Mystery

The Chinatown Mystery

0.0/10 IMDB

Restored by the George Eastman House in 2001, this 1928 serial was considered a “last hurrah” for the silent-era serial, and brought together some of the biggest names of the era: director J.P. McGowan, actors Francis Ford and Joe Bonomo (a carnival strongman-turned-actor), producer Trem Carr (who would later help found Monogram Pictures), and a slew of silent-era supporting icons such as Ruth Hiatt, Grace Cunard, and more. Chapter names like “The Clutching Claw,” “The Devil’s Dice, “Galloping Fury,” and “The Invisible Hand” offer all one needs to know of the film’s concerns: to promise and deliver as much action and suspense as possible, and move our intrepid hero and heroine from one perilous situation to another. One of the biggest stars of the early silent era and a successful serials director in his own right, Francis Ford was the brother of director John Ford.

Starring: Joe Bonomo, Ruth Hiatt, Francis Ford, George Chesebro, Sheldon Lewis, Ernest Shields, Jack Richardson, Grace Cunard, Rosemary Theby, Peggy O'Day ..
Directed by: J.P. McGowan
Release date: 1928-09-01

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